FaceOf: Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, Saudi education minister

Updated 31 December 2018

FaceOf: Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, Saudi education minister

  • Dr. Al-Asheikh has held top positions in various universities and research centers across Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Al-Asheikh received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in the US.

Last week, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh was appointed the education minister of the Kingdom.

Prior to his appointment as the minister, he served as the adviser to the royal court.

Dr. Al-Asheikh has held top positions in various universities and research centers across Saudi Arabia.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences from King Saudi University. Later, he did his master’s in economics at the University of San Francisco in the US. 

Dr. Al-Asheikh received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in the US.

He worked as a teaching assistant at the Department of Economics at the University of San Francisco between 1982 and 1983. He also served as an assistant professor at King Saud University’s Department of Economics. Later, he was promoted to the position of associate professor.

In 2006, he was appointed the head of the economics department at the College of Business Administration at King Saud University. 

During his long association with King Saud University, Dr. Al-Asheikh served in top positions at various research centers and departments of the Riyadh-based university.

Due to his excellent qualifications, managerial and teaching experience, the education minister has been part of various key government committees dealing with different sectors such as economic affairs and development, and labor market policies etc.

The Saudi education minister has authored many books on economics, development and sports economy.

He has also supervised more than 300 research papers and studies during his tenure as dean at King Abdullah Institute for Research and Studies.

Dr. Al-Asheikh also regularly features in radio and TV shows to express his opinion on important economic issues. He also writes columns for local newspapers.

He also took part in the project for the National Policy for Science and Technology in the Kingdom.

He sits on the board of the National Center for Performance Measurement, which is a key component of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 18 August 2019

First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.